Owl Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old owl quotes, owl sayings, and owl proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.     

Urjit Patel

There's always a hidden owl in knowledge.     

E.I. Jane

Owl is the grand and rather clever old man of the forest. He can also spell Tuesday.     

A. A. Milne

The owl is nocturnal with keen senses of sight and sound. It sees through the shadows of the night and hears the sounds in the silense; the illusion of the darkness. This teaches us to see past our own illusions and trust our intuition and perceptive senses.     


Do not trap yourself into an owl's hooting soundwhere sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound.     

Munia Khan

The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

If there are no nightingales, one must settle for owls.     

Danish Proverb

A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we be like that wise old bird?     

Edward Hersey Richards

Those who drink whiskey with the owls at night, cannot soar with the eagles the next day.     

Brian D. Ratty

People say the darkness is where secrets are best hidden. Night time brings clarity and focus to owls, even if the aperture of this vision comes with a stigma.     

Kimberly Morgan

Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits.     

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

An owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees the the less it talks.     

Christie Watson

No owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp and no traitor of the treason.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Owl looked at him, and wondered whether to push him off the tree; but, feeling that he could always do it afterwards, he tried once more to find out what they were talking about.     

A. A. Milne

Advice from an owl: stay focused, be whoo you are, trust in a wise friend, live off the land, glide through the dark times, be observant, because life’s a hoot!     

Ilan Shamir

Observe and reflect, and become a little wiser every day.     


The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.     

Victor Hugo

The owl, that bird of onomatopoetic name, is a repetitious question wrapped in feathery insulation especially for Winter delivery.     

Hal Borland

There was a wise old owl who sat in a tree The less he spoke the more he heard The more he heard the less he spoke Why can't we be like that wise old owl in the tree? Speech must die to serve that which is spoken.      

Paul Ricoeur